I always enjoy sharing the fun and interesting events that go on in Chicago's Geek and Nerd Community, especially when they involve combining the arts, like music and comic books.
One such event is taking place at AW YEAH Comics, the comic shop owned by local comic creators - and Eisner Award Winners - Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, along with Marc Hammond. They'll have writer/musician October Crifasi in house for "Comics, Chords and Cocktails", a meet-and-greet that will involve music and hanging with some of Chicago's comic talent.
Here is how Crifasi explained it to me:
"John Siuntres - of the Word Balloon podcast - suggested I contact you about an event I'm doing at AW YEAH Comics Saturday. I used to live in Chicago and worked at XRT/Score with John back in the day - the 90s - and taught guitar at Old Town School for several years before moving to Los Angeles. I now work in L.A. as a musician and comics writer - and also write for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
"The fine folks at AW YEAH are hosting a special meet and greet/reading/music type of event for me at the store Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. It's 21 + and free.
"John and a few other special guests from the comics community are going to sit in for the acoustic set. We're doing a staged reading of sorts for an classic animated series and I'll be reading from a prose piece coming out at some point toward the end of 2014. I also hope to get a few of my former Chicago music cohorts to get in on the fun!"
"I am also leading a two-day guitar/songwriting intensive for women at the Old Town School of Folk Music March 22nd & 23rd. I'm also doing an evening workshop for teens on Friday, March 21st."
So, if I'm hearing correctly, this weekend is going to be full of music a geeky revelry!
Click on the following links for more info:
AW YEAH "Comics, Chords & Cocktails" event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/617415608332245/
Teen's Songwriting Workshop: http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=4933
Women's Songwriting Intensive Workshop: http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=4932
COMIC, CHORDS & COCKTAILS
AW YEAH COMICS
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
4933 Oakton St., Skokie IL